In a small tactical victory for gun manufacturers, an attempt to hold Bushmaster Firearms responsible for the Sandy Hook massacre has been delayed by court order.
The Connecticut Supreme Court granted the XM15 rifle maker a stay against litigation so that the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to respond to Bushmaster’s petition for a hearing.
The petition is expected to challenge a Connecticut ruling that allowed the Sandy Hook lawsuit to proceed despite a 2005 federal law granting gun manufacturers immunity to from lawsuits.
The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act leaves little room for holding gun makers accountable for crimes committed with their products, but does include an exception.
If a manufacturer can be shown to have broken unfair trade practices laws, immunity can be revoked.
By taking an overly broad interpretation of that exception, the state of Connecticut has extended the life of a frivolous lawsuit that was previously dismissed in 2016.
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